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I want to have an honest discussion about the AR15, AK47’s and #massshootings.

I’ll tell you from the viewpoint of a Marine, with extensive training on these weapons, how they elevate violence, are terrible for selfdefense, and shouldn’t be on our streets.
#ElPaso #Dayton
If we’re talking about personal security, whether in your home, your store, or out on the street— nothing is more effective than a can of bear spray.

The last thing I’d reach for is a long rifle or a handgun.

So the idea of “self defense”
as a reason to own them is ridiculous.
As someone with more weapons training than most Americans, I know how firearms can fail you in a rushed response to a threat.

And anyone who’s on drugs, who might be immune to bear spray, would also take several shots from a firearm— even if they’re well-placed.
#GunControlNow
Good luck doing that when that threat is quickly bearing down on you.

The AR platform is not a defense weapon.

It is designed for an assault.

And handguns also present a number of issues when trying to confront an immediate threat.
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In close proximity, the AR has a number of deficiencies.

It’s long, requiring the target to be at a distance.

Within the reactionary gap, getting it into your shoulder to take aim is time wasted.

And handguns, when fired in a panic, are notoriously inaccurate.
#GunControlNow
But the cone on a can of bear spray is wide, and ensures that you’ll hit your target, without fumbling with the safety or the slide.

If you want safe and effective self defense, a can of bear spray is, by far, your best option.
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Speaking on the mentality of the AR/AK platforms.

There is an immediate desire to “destroy” when you put them in your hands.

Only when my training objectives were to put rounds in a specific target on a range, did I focus on my breathing and trigger control.
#GunControlNow
Every other time I’ve had an AR or AK in my hands, and was getting ready to shoot in an unsupervised setting, I’ve wanted to lay waste to everything on the range.

And I’m not a violent person.
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There’s a feeling of power that accompanies firearm of an “assault” nature.

They’re designed for dominance, not defense.

And when you combine that with the hatred and sense of bigoted superiority that #WhiteSupremacists have, you have all the elements for another #MassShooting.
For those of you advocating the use of a shotgun for home defense, a few things to keep in mind.

1) Shotguns are longer than an AR15, making them even worse in close quarters.

2) You could just as easily hit an unintended target.

Here’s a “Bear Spray vs Shotgun” video I made.
Unsurprisingly, rightwing trolls are taking my words out of context.

Here’s how I have responded to some of them.
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For those trolls who have latched on to my “lay waste to everything on the range” comment—

Here’s Hickok45, YouTube’s most popular firearms reviewer, doing exactly what I describe.

Notice how he calls the fully auto switch—the “fun switch.”
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Thankfully, a fully auto AR is nearly impossible to acquire.

That should be the same for all weapons of an “assault” nature.

When you combine their power with a murderous white supremacist— you have a mass shooting waiting to happen.
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And the trolls can try to say that I should be “red flagged”, or that I’m “suffering from PTSD”, for speaking the truth.

I don’t care what they say.

I know the power the comes with carrying a weapon, and I respect that dynamic.

That’s how I’m able to not let it affect me.
That’s not the case for many people out there—certainly not violent #WhiteNationalists.

For those types, the power of carrying a firearm is intoxicating.

It makes them feel above everyone else—and only heightens their sense of superiority.

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That’s why I’m pushing so hard to keep these weapons out of civilian hands.

When a #WhiteSupremacist with a desire to harm POC, gets ahold of an AR or an AK, it elevates that desire.

Often times, acquiring one of those weapons is the last thing they do before a #MassShooting
The events leading up to a #MassShooting are like a pattern of dominoes.

Buying an “assault rifle” is like setting up the last domino—and once they have it, that power of it consumes them.

At that point, there’s little chance they don’t push that last domino.
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